The Bach Festival Society's 2013-14 season includes the return of favorites Emanuel Ax, Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan; a musical commemoration of Kristallnacht; and the 79th Bach Festival.
The season is divided into three performance series — one of visiting artists; one of the local choir and orchestra, called Choral Masterworks; and the annual Festival itself.
Performances take place on the Rollins College campus, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, either in Knowles Memorial Chapel or Tiedtke Concert Hall. For more information regarding the season or tickets, call 407-646-2182 or go to BachFestivalFlorida.org
Here's an overview of the season:
Visiting Artists Series
• Emanuel Ax, piano: Oct. 23, Tiedtke Concert Hall. Emanuel Ax will perform a program centered around the works of Brahms, including his Piano Sonata No. 2 in F-sharp minor and Clavierstücke, Op. 118.
• Miró Quartet: Nov. 17. Tiedtke Concert Hall. The award-winning quartet in residence at the University of Texas, Austin.
• Morten Lauridsen, composer: Jan. 26, 2014, Knowles Memorial Chapel. An afternoon of Lauridsen's gorgeous choral music ("Lux Aeterna," "O Magnum Mysterium") with reflections by the composer.
• Alisa Weilerstein, cello, and Inon Barnatan, piano: March 30, 2014, Tiedtke Concert Hall. Back by popular demand after their 2013 performance with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra.
• A Child of Our Time: Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: Nov. 9-10, Knowles Memorial Chapel. Sir Michael Tippett's monumental oratorio, A Child of Our Time, is presented in compassionate honor of the struggle of oppressed people everywhere. These performances are part of a community-wide commemoration of the anniversary of Kristallnacht in partnership with the Holocaust Memorial Education and Resource Center, the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation, the Interfaith Council of Central Florida and Rollins College.
• A Classic Christmas: Dec. 14-15, Knowles Memorial Chapel. The Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra perform holiday classics.
• Victory and Triumph: April 26-27, 2014, Knowles Memorial Chapel. Prokofiev's epic "Alexander Nevsky Suite" is the center of this program highlighting celebratory music.
79th annual Bach Festival
• Ken Cowan, organ: Feb. 14, 2014, Knowles Memorial Chapel. Says The American Organist: "Mr. Cowan's technical mastery, expressivity, musicality, and sheer brilliance thrilled the convention audience
• Concertos by Candlelight, featuring violinist Lara St. John: Feb. 21-22, 2014, Knowles Memorial Chapel. Featuring works of Bach and Vivaldi. Violinist Lara St. John will perform Bach's Violin Concerto No. 1 in a minor and Violin Concerto No 2 in E Major with the Bach Festival Orchestra.
• Haydn's Creation: March 1, 2014, Knowles Memorial Chapel. One of the composer's most beloved works, dramatically portraying the creation of the Earth.
• J.S. Bach's St. John Passion: March 2, 2014, Knowles Memorial Chapel. This work showcases Bach's power as a composer and great dramatist.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun